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Dayananda Sagar Institutions

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

Startup Weekend: no talk, all action. Work to launch your startup in just 54 hours. Startup Weekend is a platform to help entrepreneurial enthusiasts turn their ideas into reality. A non-profit, grassroots organization based out of Seattle, it has an alumnus of 45,000 across 478 cities of the world.

The Bengaluru ‘Maker Edition’ is the first of its kind in India. It’s an event that provides hands-on opportunity at building your dreams with the support of experienced professionals. Work to translate your virtual ideas into a representative hardware prototype using technologies such as 3D-printers, micro-controllers and other exciting tools. You will also have the opportunity to get valuable feedback from entrepreneurial experts who will validate your ideas and help you develop go-to market strategies and viable business plans. The end goal of the event is for participants to set the stage to launch their business, all this in a 54-hour long weekend! Register now!

How does it work?

We aim to bring together enthusiasts like you to share ideas, form teams, build products, and, most importantly, launch startups.

  • Friday: Attendees pitch their ideas and inspire others to join their teams. Teams are therefore created to work on the best ideas.
  • Saturday and Sunday: This is where you build, build, build. And build some more. As this is a Maker Edition, teams will focus on building a prototype of their idea/product. During this period teams will also focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup methodologies and building a minimum viable product.
  • Sunday: In the evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.

Why should you register?

  • Build your network

Startup Weekend attracts the best makers and do-ers. By spending a weekend working to build scalable companies that solve real world problems, you will build long-lasting relationships and possibly walk away with a job or even an investor.

  • Actually launch a business

Over 36% of Startup Weekends are still going strong after 3 months. Roughly 80% of participants plan on continuing working with their team or startup after the weekend.

  • Get face time with thought leaders

Get one-on-one time with the movers and shakers in your community. Local tech and startup leaders participate in Startup Weekends as coaches and judges.

  • Join a global community

Startup Weekend alumni span across several continents and scores of cities.

  • Learn

Startup Weekends are all about learning through the art of creating. Build your own strategy and test it as you go.




May 2
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


May 3
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


May 4
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Venue Sponsors

Dr. Lakshmi Jagannathan

Director, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Development Centre, Dayananda Sagar Institutions

Started by her more than 3 years ago, the IEDC engages hundreds of students annually through its entrepreneurial initiatives, encouraging on-campus faculty development programs to build capacity and interest in entrepreneurship. As a mentor and facilitator, she has played a pivotal role in the selection and execution of student ideas into viable business opportunities through the IEDC platform (supported by Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India). She has also been instrumental in drafting and executing IP policy for DSI, spearheading entrepreneurship activities in association with National Entrepreneurship Network. Under her guidance, it has successfully mentored 5 startups that are established business units today, as well as supported a small number of pre-incubates from Bengaluru.

Rakesh Mishra

A leader of service innovation R&D portfolios within Infosys for 8 years, including the innovation centre for 1B + USD revenue unit – enterprise package services, Rakesh has been at the core of incubation of several growth engines that were part of the historical growth of the company. He brings 18 years of industry experience, mostly engaging with fortune 1000 global organizations.
He is a co-founder of PAN IIT nation building program ‘IIT Mentors’ and has been engaging with various IIT institutions and alumni as a part of the program to develop mentoring hubs across the country.

Neeraj Gupta

Director & CEO at FormulateIP, Angel Investor at Excubator   |  LinkedIn

With a B.Tech in Metallurgical and Material Sciences from IIT and an M.S. in Scientific Computing and Mathematics from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden, Neeraj handles strategies related to Intellectual Property protection, licensing and strategic planning. He is also a senior mentor and visiting faculty member in various engineering and MBA colleges, serving on the board of advisors of several organizations. Previously, he served as Secretary at Advanced Computing and Communication Society.
He is a co-founder of Pan IIT Mentors, a global mentorship program, as well as founding EC member of Federation of Indo-Israeli Chamber of Commerce (South).

Guhesh Ramanathan

CEO and co-founder at Excubator

A full-time entrepreneur since 1994, Guhesh has served as the Chief Operating Officer of the N.S. Raghavan Center for Entrepreneurial Learning at IIM Bangalore, as well as independent director/strategic advisor for many start-ups in domains of mobility services, education, clean energy, eco-tourism, technology and social entrepreneurship. From an early career in IT (IDM, WIPRO and Digital Equipment Corporation), he moved on to leadership roles at entrepreneurial organizations such as TVA Infotech, and the Professional Aptitude Council (PAC).
Guhesh is a graduate of Electrical Engineering from IIT (BHU) Varanasi, and has a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM Bangalore.

Dr. Madhura M. Chatrapathy

Entrepreneurship Expert, Social Enterprise Exponent

Winner of the prestigious Rajyothsava Award by the Government of Karnataka, with 27 years of experience in entrepreneurship development, Madhura is the Founder Trustee and Hon. Director for Asian Centre for Entrepreneurial Initiatives (ASCENT), as well as Founder and Chairman of Food Associates, Bangalore. A multi-degree holder, with an UN ESCAP Certificate in Understanding, Achieving, and Fostering Entrepreneurial Success by Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration of Chulalongkorn University, BANGKOK, she has co‐authored several prestigious publications in the entrepreneurial space. She brings a diverse experience, having worked with the UNDP, MSME Ministry, Government of India, among many others.

Vijayasimha SK

CEO – Akuva Infotech Pvt. Ltd.

Instrumental in the success of two engineering services companies, Vijayasimha is an executive council member of Laghu Udyog Bharathi, a premier not-for-profit small industries promotion organization. Previously the Head of Engineering Services, Chaitanya Graphics, he brings a strong skill set in design, including industrial and special purpose machine design, among others. He has extensive exposure to various areas of engineering, including robotics and mechatronics, embedded systems etc. as well as different areas of manufacturing. With a Bachelors Degree in Manufacturing Engineering and a Diploma in Tool and Die making, he balances a strong technical background with focused business development activities, achieving a growth rate of 20% in his organization.

Chetan Desai

Head – Strategy, Alliances and Partnerships Integrated Engineering Solutions, Tech Mahindra

Over the last 18 years Chetan has led strategic transformations for small to large size organisations including multiple Fortune 100 customers in the area of product development, operations, program management, sales & go to market strategy. He comes with business operations and strategy execution experience in professional and entrepreneurial environments. He is passionate about incubating new businesses and driving transformational initiatives.

Sri. C.V.Venugopalan

Chief Engineer, QuEST Global

A consultant in Aeronautical engineering and related domains at QuEST, Engineering Services, Bangalore, Venugopalan has extensive experience in ground testing of various projects such as HF-24, Kiran Trainer, Ajeet, among others and was also involved in the planning of facilities for Light Combat Aircraft.
He was Head of the Department, Ground Test Centre (RWR&DC) looking after the development testing of the Advanced Light Helicopter ‘Dhruv’ and other projects such as Sea King.
Sri. C. V. Venugopalan finished his graduation in Mechanical Engineering from Regional Engineering College, Calicut in 1969 and did his post graduation in Aeronautics from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 1971.

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